Have you ever sat down to write and found that you just couldn’t get those first few words on the page? This is something that every author struggles with at some time. But, there are some things you can do to help your creative process. Here are some ideas that will help you write your best every time.
1. Write when you’re alert and not tired. If you’re too tired, your mind will shut down and you won’t be able to think clearly. Everyone has their best “time” to write. Some authors are morning people, others are night owls. Whenever you feel the most awake and alert, that is your best time to write.
2. Eat Something. It’s difficult to concentrate when your stomach is growling.
3. Use the bathroom before you sit down to write. Enough said.
4. Clear your mind. You can’t write when you’ve got something else on your mind. If there is something that is bothering you, take care of it first, and then write.
5. Write when the mood strikes. While you can’t always afford to wait for the mood to strike you, when it does by all means take advantage of it!
6. Write when or where it’s quiet. Noise and disruption will destroy your concentration. Wait until the house is quiet, or go to a quiet place to write.
7. Go somewhere beautiful. Sometimes it helps to get out of the house or away from the office. Go to a park or beach, or somewhere peaceful and beautiful such as a garden. A change of setting will do wonders for your creativity.
8. Play classical music. Classical music is known for stimulating the brain. Try playing a little Vivaldi softly in the background if you’re writing in a whimsical style. Or, perhaps Mozart if you’re writing about something intense. This technique works well for non-fiction as well as fiction writing. Non-fiction writing has different styles and moods, just as fiction does.
9. Get some exercise. This doesn’t have to be any kind of planned or daily exercise. You might just walk to the grocery store or take the dog for a walk. You could even put on some music and dance to it. The point is to get your body moving. This will make you feel energized and will help your thinking process.
10. Drink caffeine. This isn’t something you should do in order to stay awake to write. Rather, use it to perk you up during the day – as an energy booster. But, don’t over do it. Small amounts work best!
11. Get organized. Make sure you have everything you need in front of you – note, interviews, etc. so that you don’t have to interrupt your writing to go and find these things.
12. Unplug the phone and turn off your cell phone. You can’t write your best when you’re interrupted.
13. Take care of yourself. This is the most important. Make sure you eat healthy food and get enough rest. You can’t write your best when your tired or sick. Pamper yourself once in a while too! It helps to clear your mind and ease stress.
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